Public Policy / Government Relations Articles
Earl Blumenauer tries to break highway funding gridlock
Rep. Earl Blumenauer has had enough. With some of the top players in next year's transportation bill stuck in a staring contest over how to raise billions of dollars, the Democrat introduced two simple bills on Wednesday to address what he calls the upcoming "infrastructure cliff."
December 5, 2013 – Politico
Dem: 'Time to face up' to gas tax hike
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) defended his proposal to nearly double the tax that is paid to the federal government by drivers when they buy gas, saying it was "time to face up" to a transportation funding deficit that has been allowed to grow for 20 years.
December 4, 2013 – The Hill
Researchers say 'modify' the RFS, don't repeal it
Two University of Illinois researchers say any modifications Congress might make to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be minimal.
December 4, 2013 – AgriPulse
Intense lobbying threatens farm bill
As House-Senate talks resume Wednesday, the bad blood among rival commodity groups is becoming an embarrassment for farm bill advocates and a threat to getting legislation through Congress this winter.
December 4, 2013 – Politico
Lead negotiator sees January finish for overdue U.S. farm bill
Congress could enact a new U.S. farm law that cuts food stamps for the poor and expands federally subsidized crop insurance in January if negotiators soon break a deadlock, the lawmaker overseeing the negotiations said on Tuesday.
December 3, 2013 – Reuters
LaHood: Washington 'afraid' to invest in infrastructure
Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in the wake of Sunday's train derailment, Washington is "too afraid" to invest in new infrastructure.
December 2, 2013 – The Hill
Farm bill talks to step up as clock winds down
Negotiations over a long-term farm bill are likely to intensify this week as House lawmakers return to town and top conferees huddle to strike a deal by the end of the year.
December 2, 2013 – AgriPulse
EPA to Hold Public Hearing on Renewable Fuel Standard
The EPA is announcing a public hearing to be held for the proposed rule 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program, which EPA will publish separately in the Federal Register. The hearing will be held in Washington, DC on December 5, 2013.
November 27, 2013 – AgriMarketing
ARTBA Lauds New Pennsylvania Transport Law as Seventh in a Series of State Bipartisan Solutions
With Gov. Tom Corbett's (R-PA) signature today on a comprehensive, five-year transportation infrastructure package, Pennsylvania has become the seventh state in 2013 where governors and state legislators have come together to generate significant new revenues to deliver important improvements.
November 26, 2013 – forconstructionpros.com
IBTTA Executive Director, CEO Patrick Jones calls for tolls as means to relieve congestion
Patrick Jones, executive director & CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), this week pointed to tolling as a solution to traffic congestion.
November 22, 2013 – Better Roads
U.S. Senate Committee Tax Proposal Would Harm Farmers
The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance today issued a proposed set of tax code changes that would negatively and significantly affect many farmers, both crop and livestock.
November 22, 2013 – Farm Futures
State of Wash. might consider 11.5-cent spike in gas tax
Lawmakers in the state of Washington are still up in the air about a new transportation funding package, but a Senate panel attempted to test the public barometer Nov. 21.
November 22, 2013 – Roads & Bridges
Farm Bill Negotiations Ongoing in D.C.
Farm Bill conferees have been working this week to come to an agreement on how to merge the House and Senate bills by the end of the week with Congress set to adjourn for Thanksgiving recess until Monday, Dec. 2.
November 22, 2013 – USAgnet
EPA Requesting Comments on RFS Proposed Change
Last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency issued proposed changes to the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard, lowering the requirements for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and ethanol to 15.2 billion gallons.
November 22, 2013 – Wisconsin Ag Connection
Litigation, legislation not necessary against EPA proposed RFS rule, RFA says
Neither litigation nor legislation is needed at this point to push back against the EPA's recent proposed rule to lower the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirement for 2014 below the congressional mandate, Renewable Fuels Association president Bob Dinneen said today.
November 21, 2013 – AgriPulse
Venco Venturo Achieves Gold-Level Status in I Make America Campaign
AEM announces Venco Venturo has joined the elite ranks of the I Make America campaign's Gold-level company supporters.
November 21, 2013 – AEM
Lawmakers open water bill negotiations
Lawmakers in the House and Senate formally opened negotiations on an $8.2 billion bill to boost U.S. ports and waterways on Wednesday.
November 20, 2013 – he Hill
WRRDA conference committee holds first meeting, aims to negotiate waterways spending agreement
The Congressional committee that is tasked with negotiating an agreement on an $8.2 billion bill for U.S. ports and waterways is holding its first meeting on Wednesday, The Hill reports.
November 20, 2013 – Better Roads
Camp tax reform draft could drop by January
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) might release a long-awaited draft tax reform bill in either December or January, an aide said on a conference call Monday.
November 18, 2013 – The Hill
Lawmakers seek $8.2B infrastructure deal
Negotiators from the House and Senate are getting down to work on legislation that would provide about $8.2 billion in funding for port and waterway projects.
November 16, 2013 – The Hill